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U.S. Service Academy Nominations


One of the great honors of a member of Congress is to recommend young people for a future of extraordinary service to America through attending college at a U.S. Service Academy, then serving in the military for at least 5 years.  Congressman Palmer and the Academy Advisory Board review students' nomination applications, conduct formal interviews and nominate students who apply to the following U.S. Service Academies:

A nomination from your U.S. Congressman is one of several nomination options required for applying to a U.S. Service Academy.  More detailed information can be found on our page Frequently Asked Questions for those seeking a Military Academy Nomination.

Nomination Timeline:

Sophomore and Junior Year – Research requirements and majors for each academy; take standardized ACT/SAT tests until you have a competitive score; meet with cadets and alumni; tour the academy in person; train for the physical fitness assessment; and meet medical requirements by the Department of Defense.

March – Students apply for summer programs at the academies and begin preliminary applications to an academy

May – Our office will receive applications from rising seniors

September 11th – "Academy Night" will feature speakers from each academy, and is open to all who are interested in applying this year or in the future from the sixth congressional district

November 5th – Completed Application Packets Due to the District Office

December 4th – Formal Interview with Academy Advisory Board

January - Nominee Reception with Congressman Palmer

Nomination Application Packets should include the following:

  1. Recent Photograph of the Applicant 
  2. Application (Download HERE or fill out online form with signature)
  3. One Page Resume of education, activities, leadership and service
  4. High School (and/or College) Transcript
  5. ACT/SAT Score Report
    • Recipient code for the ACT: 7216
    • Recipient code for the SAT: 1205
  6. Three Letters of Recommendation

To request a nomination from our office, please complete the form below and call the district office to verify details at 205-968-1290.  This form is one of six items required for a completed application packet.  Best wishes to you as you pursue your goal of attending one of the U.S. Service Academies and serving our country.

Your Information

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Contact Information
Education Information
Test Scores

SAT Superscores

ACT Superscores

Academy Information

Number your preference (1 to 4) of academies — with 1 being your highest preference

Print This Form

Once you have completed the application information, please select the "Generate Application for Review" button below. Print and sign the generated form. You may then mail or hand deliver the application with the complete Nomination Packet to the district office between the hours of 8 AM – 5 PM no later than the first Monday in November.

Office of Congressman Gary Palmer
ATTN: Academy Nominations
3535 Grandview Parkway Suite 525
Birmingham, AL 35243.

For any questions, please call Congressman Palmer's district office at (205) 968-1290.